Headline story of the day? No, but it appears as though the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to get one of their rehabbing players back on the field Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider reported on Twitter that Steelers second-year defensive end Nick Williams was absent from practice on Wednesday, but apparently the Samford product was not only present, he also took part in individual drills.
Steelers DE Nick Williams was in his helmet and working out with team during individual drills today. Good sign for him.
— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) June 11, 2014
This is great news for Williams, who missed his entire rookie season due to a dislocated knee cap suffered late in training camp last year.
Williams, who didn’t have surgery on his injured knee until October, started running again in March. After missing the first two weeks of OTA practices, however, it was sounding like he wouldn’t be able to practice again until training camp got underway at the earliest.
Now that it appears as though Williams is slowly being worked back into action, he should be ready to practice without limitations when the team reports to Latrobe. The Steelers mandatory minicamp takes place next week and it would be great if he were able to get some live defensive reps in during those practices. We’ll see.